John Millman has continued his winning run at the US Open, moving in to the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time.
Just a day after defeating fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios, Millman downed Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri 6-1 7-6 (7-1) 6-1.
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Millman next plays either German Philipp Kohlschreiber or Colombian Santiago Giraldo – both unseeded – and has a golden opportunity to advance to the second week.
It’s an amazing feat for the 28-year-old, who has struggled with injury for most of his career.
He’s endured two shoulder reconstructions, a groin operation and countless other injuries.
He arrived at the event sitting in No.235 in the world but could now soar at least 60 spots up the rankings, as well as earn a cheque for $US144,000 – more than doubling his season earnings – or possibly more.
In the women’s draw, it was more heartbreak for Daria Gavrilova, who lost a three-hour, 33-minute battle to American Shelby Rogers, in what is the longest women’s match at Flushing Meadows.
The 25th seed fought off four match points before succumbing 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 7-6 (7-5).
The defeat leaves Ashleigh Barty as Australia’s last hope in the women’s singles event.